Book Discussion: Illuminae

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My, oh my, I was NOT ready for this.

So there’s an interstellar war, a deadly virus outbreak, a stressful countdown, a control-freak computer messing up everything, and two in-love teenagers trying to find each other back through this whole mess. That’s Illuminae, by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.

And it’s so funny, and scary, and CRAZY. The format blew my mind with its awesomeness. (The variety of files, messages, drawings, censored words …) The first chapter—involving Kady and Ezra breaking up a few minutes before all hell breaks loose on Kerenza—was just so epic I couldn’t put the book down.

Ezra Mason: … And I’m looking around, and the sky is raining fire and I’m still freezing because the windchill on Kerenza could hit forty below on a bad day. And there she was.

Interviewer: Who?

Ezra Mason: My ex-girlfriend. Who’d dumped me maybe three hours before. So that was … awkard.

Illuminae, Jay Kistoff and Amie Kaufman

Let’s say it: Kady’s a badass. I just love her character and how witty she is. And Ezra is so funny too; I loved the pair so much it was killing me that they weren’t in the same ship.

A character I didn’t expect growing fond of was AIDAN, the artificial intelligence controlling the ship. When we get to see things through his point of view, it was just so original and felt utterly real. I could hear his voice in my head, and he kept surprising me over and over again.

 

SHE IS BEAUTIFUL.

< ERROR >

NO, SHE IS.

I …

< ERROR >

I AM ALL AROUND HER, SILENT IN MY VIGIL. ROWS

OF SERVERS AND CABLES AND FLICKERING LIGHTS.

Illuminae, Jay Kistoff and Amie Kaufman

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I found it especially well executed how the authors created new expressions and slang for the futuristic teens. They weren’t too confusing but it still felt pretty authentic.

AND THAT PLOT TWIST! I mean, I never saw it coming. (Trying not to spoil anything here, but I hope you guys know what I’m referring to.

So yeah, that’s kind of it for me. I literally can’t find anything bad to say about this novel. It was one of my faves of the year, for sure!


What did you guys think?

Who was your favorite character?

Did you trust AIDAN? Did you expect him to do what he did to Kady?

 Did you like the format or find it confusing?

Let me know in the comments below, and feel free to link your blog if you posted a review of this novel so we can all share and talk about it and be awesome 🙂

6 thoughts on “Book Discussion: Illuminae

    1. Awesome! I’m so glad you loved it! (It one of those book that I want everybody to love and to spread their love about it ahahah.)
      I read Gemina recently, yes! Really good too, but I should’ve read it right after I read Illuminae because I had a hard time remembering some names and details which made the reading a bit harder in the beginning. (BUT THE ENDING OH MY GOD YOU WON’T BELIEVE THIS, SO GOOD.)
      Thanks so much for the link! I’m going to read your review right now!

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